International Education

100 Views of the World Photography Contest

March 2014 marked the fifth year of yet another successful “100 Views of the World” photography contest.

Initiated in 2010 by the Office of International Education to commemorate Mount Royal University’s centennial, this annual International photo contest is an opportunity to share and showcase the international experiences had, both here in Calgary and around the world, by our Mount Royal community. Every year all students, staff, faculty, and alumni are encouraged to submit their photographs.

This year’s contest had 96 eligible submissions capturing views from around the world and highlighting the incredible international experiences that so many of the Mount Royal community are having.

The 100 Views Judging Panel, made up of three staff members from the Office of International Education and one staff member from the Cultural Mosaic Centre of the Students' Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU), had the challenging task of narrowing down those submissions to the top 10, then to the top five photos.

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Click on the 100 Views of the World logo to go to the contest website

Photos were judged on three aspects with the most important being technical merit, followed by creativity and the “wow factor”. Then it was up to the Mount Royal community to cast their votes for the top three winning photos. Anyone within the Mount Royal community could participate in the voting.

It was extremely difficult to narrow down all the fantastic submissions to just five. “When we were looking at all the submissions, we were so impressed by the quality of the photos and the range of experiences captured on film,” remarked Dana de Guzman, International Projects Coordinator and 100 Views committee member.

For the first time this year, the 100 Views committee created an online voting platform on MyMRU where they displayed the five finalists for one week of public voting, March 17 to 21. This made the contest fairer, as only one vote per person was possible on this platform, made voting easy and convenient, and allowed for a broader range of the Mount Royal community to participate in the voting.

“We were really able to reach out to the community and celebrate so many incredible international views through the online viewing and voting,” explained Leigh-Ann Duke, Coordinator, World Languages and 100 Views committee member. Voting concluded on Friday, March 21, and the top three winners were announced and awarded prizes at the Office of International Education on Wednesday, March 26. The top three winners were as follows:

First Place – Sparkling Violetear Hummingbird by Kerri Martin, shot while on vacation in Cusco, Peruthumb_hummingbird
Second Place – Passage Through Life by Brenda Rodriguez, shot while on vacation in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico
 
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Third Place – Moraine Lake by Edouard Provo, shot at Moraine Lake, Alberta while studying at MRU as an exchange studentthumb_morainelake

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Kerri Martin receiving her first place award from Leigh-Ann Duke, Office of International Education
Honourable Mention was awarded to Crossing the Street by James Paton and Smile on the Ganges by Katie Turner.

The top three winners were pleased to each receive a gift certificate to Chinook Centre Mall, and shared their thoughts on the importance of the “100 Views of the World” photography contest as an opportunity to capture and showcase glimpses of the Mount Royal community present around the world.

First place winner, Kerri Martin, with the Faculty of Communication Studies, had entered the contest for the second time this year. Her love of photography and travel attracted her to take part. 

“Anything that encourages people to look at their world differently, from a different perspective is important,” remarked Martin.

Edouard Provo, third place winner, shot his photo, Moraine Lake, while studying Business at Mount Royal as an exchange student.

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Second place winner, Brenda Rodriguez, with her photo, Passage Through Life

“This contest helps people to discover new landscapes and makes them dream!” Edouard explains. He looks forward to entering the contest again next year when he hopes to be on another exchange in either Europe or Asia.

As a lasting legacy of this popular annual contest, each year’s top 10 framed photos can be viewed for one year in a permanent display along the third floor hallway of the Bissett School of Business (EB Building). Meanwhile, photos from years prior will continue to adorn the International Student Centre (E140). Please take a moment to stop by and take a look at this year’s incredible views.

Marisa Norona, March 28th, 2014